“Lavender oil used as an inhalation has been shown to effectively reduce cramps and menstrual bleeding when compared to a placebo,” shares Jennifer Stagg, MD, a naturopathic physician and founder of the Whole Health Wellness Center in Avon, Connecticut. “Lavender is thought to effect the prostaglandins that mediate pain and uterine contractions.” Lavender oil’s ability to lessen contractions makes it one of the best essential oils for menstrual cramps. Find out the 9 secrets your period is trying to tell you.
“Cinnamon oil alone has been studied as a treatment for menstrual cramps, and was found to be very effective at reducing uterine contractions,” explains Dr. Stagg. Check out these other cinnamon uses that’ll help the rest of your body, too.